March 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
1. From Pots to People.
2. Emergence and Evolution of the Nasca Ceramic Tradition.
3. Life in the Desert.
4. We, the Nasca.
5. The Inhibited Landscape.
6. Symbolic Expressions of the Natural and Supernatural World.
7. The Geoglyphs of the Rio Grande de Nazca Drainage.
8. Religion and Ritual.
9. Headhunting and Warfare.
10. Nasca Sociopolitical Organization.
11. After Nasca.
Helaine Silverman is Associate Professor of Anthropology
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the
author of Cahuachi in the Ancient Nasca World (1993) and
various articles and chapters on ancient Nasca society.
Donald A. Proulx is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of numerous publications on Nasca culture including Local Differences and Time Differences in Nasca Pottery (1968) and The Nasca Style (1983).
- Traces the history of archaeological research to sort out fact from fiction.
- Includes new data based on years of fieldwork by the authors.
- Examines Nasca society, politics, art, and religion.
- Debunks the popular "aliens theory" of how the Nasca lines were created.
"Preposterous but popular arguments that the enigmatic Nazca
Lines were created by extraterrestrials detract from appreciation
of Native American culture, making an entertaining and scholarly
archaeology of ancient Nasca civilization especially pertinent.
Silverman and Proulx have written exactly the right book. A
formidable pair of scholars, erudite while engaging, they present
an almost encyclopaedic account of what is known about Nasca
without ever failing to fascinate. This is an excellent book for
scholars, students, and for educated general readers. It represents
a real contribution to knowledge about Native American
civilization." William H. Isbell, State University of New York
"This is the first book to discuss, in depth, the culture
of the Nasca, which not only produced monumental works, but whose
society flourished in seven river valleysfrom Chincha to Chala. The
11 chapters, written by the two foremost scholars of Nasca
archaeology, present an up-to-date synthesis of what is known of
Nasca society between 150BCE and 800CE." Choice, Nov.
"The Nasca can be recommended as the only comprehensive
overview of its subject, and it is hoped that it will stimulate the
programme of research badly needed to put to the test the plethora
of ideas advanced in it." Journal of Latin American
"Andeanists should welcome this addition to the series devoted
to single prehistoric societies ... much will be of considerable
interest to both specialists and students, as well as the general
public ... the book is a feast for all." Dwight T. Wallace,
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"This book consolidates some hundred years of scholarship, since Max Uhle first sought out these pre-Inca people in 1901." British Bulletin of Publications, October 2003